Contrast the Upright and the Wicked1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
▼ Lit breaks out, b quarrels against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only c in revealing his own ▼
▼ Lit heartmind.
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are e deep waters;
▼ Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdomThe fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To g show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to h thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips ▼
▼ Lit come withbring strife,
And his mouth calls for j blows.
7 A k fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the ▼
▼ Lit chambers of the bellyinnermost parts of the body.
9 He also who is m slack in his work
n Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The o name of the Lord is a p strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and q is ▼
▼ Lit set on highsafe.
11 A s rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 t Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But u humility goes before honor.
13 He who v gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The w spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a x broken spirit who can bear it?
15 The ▼
▼ Lit heart, z mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the aa ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s ab gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 The first ▼
▼ Lit in his pleato plead his case seems right,
▼ Lit his neighboranother comes and examines him.
18 The cast ae lot puts an end to strife
▼ Lit makes a divisiondecides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 With the ▼
▼ I.e. speech, ah fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
ai He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 aj Death and life are in the ▼
▼ Lit handpower of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its al fruit.
22 He who finds a am wife finds a good thing
And an obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The ao poor man utters supplications,
But the ap rich man aq answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to ▼
▼ Lit be broken in piecesruin,
But there is as a ▼
▼ Or loverfriend who sticks closer than a brother.
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